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Raised by 156 people in 15 months
Ram Badan Singh has been selling newspapers on the corner of 86th and Central Park West for 36 years.  He is a New York institution.   He is an UWS institution.   And now, as Mr. Singh is about to turn 81, the subway station where he has brightened commuters' mornings - in ways big and small- is shutting down for six months.  A dramatic reduction in foot traffic inevitably threatens his ability to survive doing what he has done for decades ...through hurricanes, blizzards and everything else.  A little goes a long way here.  Think of this page as a way to buy the news forward.

Here is the link to the incredible NYT story written by Patrick Farrell and published in the April 22nd Sunday edition:
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/04/20/dining/last-of-the-newsies.html 

Background and affiliation: 
I started buying my newspapers from Mr. Singh 20 years ago when I lived around the corner from his 86th St location.   When I moved downtown several years later, I often reminisced that one of the things I missed most about the UWS was my daily morning newspaper transaction.   After 15 years downtown, I had the good fortune to move back to Mr. Singh's neighborhood and was utterly delighted to see him on the same corner. 

Once we reach our goal on this campaign, all donations will be given directly to Mr. Singh to help him through the impending subway closure and thank him for his ongoing dedication to the neighborhood.  Singh and I will go to the bank together (we have accounts with the same bank) and I will withdraw the  funds myself and then directly transfer them to Singh's account.
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Hello Everyone,
Apologies for the delay in the following update. A lot has been going on with Singh (and with this campaign). In short, due to the kindness, support and tenacity of Singh's loyal customers and kind Upper West Siders, he is home recovering . There has been much drama that spans from someone stealing his money between the ambulance ride/ hospital check-in, challenges with the healthcare system and his access to proper medical assistance, missing belongings and much more. However, all seems to be stable now and the hospital is reimbursing him for the missing money that he came in with. Furthermore, I am finally able to transfer all of the funds to him that have come in during this second round of the GoFundMe (post-Oct) campaign. As of Oct, Singh had received all donations both through one large direct deposit and then in cash directly from me thereafter. When the update about his stroke went live, a great sum of donations came in coupled with some donors' concerns to GoFundMe about if he was actually receiving the money. As such, GoFundMe placed a hold on the campaign, and I was not able to access any donations post-stroke to in turn give to Singh. Unfortunately, his ID cards went missing with his possessions when he checked into the hospital so this was not easy to address. This past weekend, I went to his home with Patrick Farrell - the NYT reporter who wrote about Singh in the first place and we took a video for the GoFundMe folks of Singh confirming that I am authorized to manage this campaign. As such, GoFundME JUST released the funds and I will be bringing him the money at the end of the week. He is so grateful to all of you as he has said many times over when I bring him the donations. On behalf of Singh - THANK YOU!
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An important update on Singh:
Mr. Singh suffered an apparent stroke on Dec. 9. A neighbor noticed he was having trouble walking and talking, and called an ambulance. He is now recovering in the hospital, weak but able to see visitors, and grateful for the attention from friends and customers.
You can make a donation here. If you want to send him a note or visit, he's at:
Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Hospital
1111 Amsterdam Avenue
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A quick update on and thank you for all the donations that have been streaming in since Patrick's latest story on Singh appeared in the NYT this past weekend. As GoFundMe initiates the transfers, I distribute the donations to Singh and a few of his fans/ customers have printed out your kind public comments and given him a hard copy. He has expressed his gratitude many times over.
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Patrick Farrell's beautifully told follow-up on Singh ... a huge thank you to all of you for making this campaign such a success. Singh has expressed his gratitude many times over.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/nyregion/subway-closing-newspapers-singh.html
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